How to Kill Bacteria In the Mouth Naturally
You cannot see, feel or taste them, but your mouth is a permanent home to a variety of different bacteria. Experts suggest that each tooth is home to many thousands of bacteria which are largely divided into two groups; beneficial and harmful bacteria. Beneficial bacteria play an important role in breaking down the foods that we consume, making them easier to digest and to draw nutrients from. Probiotic bacteria not only help with digestion but also protect the mouth by inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria. On the other hand, bad bacteria inhabit the mouth and cause gum disease, tooth decay and bad breath. Over-the-counter dental products and expert dental treatment are important ways to guarantee the right balance between good and bad bacteria but to provide you with more protection, Dentists on the Gold Coast also recommends tried and tested natural solutions to improving oral health.
Natural Anti-Bacterials for Better Oral Health
Drinking green tea is known to have tremendous health benefits. But not many people are aware of its positive impact on oral health. Research has shown that consuming green tea may help reduce the chances of periodontal disease and promote healthy teeth and gums. Green tea is known to reduce inflammation in the body due to an antioxidant called catechin which also helps relieve dental inflammation and reduce bad bacteria in the mouth.
This may surprise some, since raw onions are almost always associated with bad breath. Onions contain sulfurous compounds which give them their pungent taste and smell. What many people do not know is that these compounds are the onion plant’s natural defence against bacteria and fungi. While there isn’t a lot of research to show that raw onions reduce tooth decay, several studies show that consuming raw onions does kill certain, if not all bad bacteria in the mouth. This can help to slow down dental problems and most importantly, combat bad breath. Just make sure to rinse your mouth properly after a meal containing raw onions to get the smell of onions out!
Tried, tested and recommended by dentists worldwide, the best way to care for your dental health in a minor emergency is to rinse your mouth with salt water. Rinsing with saltwater has multiple benefits; not only does it kill some of the bacteria in the mouth, but it also irrigates the mouth and dislodges food debris that may be the cause of the pain. If you are experiencing tooth ache, the antimicrobial effect of a salt water rinse combined with a reduction in inflammation can provide relief until you seek dental care. To make a salt water rinse, add half a teaspoon of regular table salt to a cup of warm water, swish the solution around in your mouth for a minute or two and spit it out.
Dental Check-ups and Advanced Dental Care
Always remember that the only way to get rid of a severe infection is with antibiotics prescribed by a dental professional. If your symptoms are severe, consult your orthodontist as soon as possible. At Dentists on the Gold Coast, our team of dental professionals provide personalised dental, tailor-made to your specific needs. Visit our website for the latest dental news or contact us to have a chat about perfect dental health!